Sydney's Chinatown is located close to the centre of the Sydney Business District and close to Darling Harbour. Sydney Chinatown covers a large area across a few city blocks and is easily accessible from Central Train station or Town Hall train station. Sydney Chinatown is one of the most popular places in the city to visit and to try the many great restaurants. There are not just Chinese restaurants in Chinatown but a whole range of different Asian cuisine.
Sydney's Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Australia with a history dating back to the 1800s when many Chinese immagrants starting arriving in Australia. Sydney Chinatown really started to grow in the 1930s
The main street of Chinatown is Dixon Street (picture right) which is a pedestrian only street with no cars or traffic.
At each end of Dixon Street are large Chinese gates which welcomes visitors. Next to the Chinese gates are 2 guardian lion statues.
Right along Dixon Street and all through the Chinatown area you'll find a range of restaurants as well as shopping malls and speciality stores selling a range of products from clothes, jewelry as well as Chinese medicinal herbs.
At No 1 Dixon Street is the large multi-story shopping mall called the Number 1 Dixon Shopping Centre. Directly below number 1 Dixon Street is a car parking centre. At the other end of Dixon Street (down the slight hill) is Paddy's Market and directly above this is the multi-level shopping mall called Market City.
Running parallel to Dixon Street on Harbour Street is the Sydney Entertainment Centre (now call Qantas Credit Union Arena) where there are various music concerts and sporting events. Right along from here is the entrance to Darling Harbour which also houses the Chinese Gardens which are well worth a visit. The Chinese Gardens were a gift from China for Australia's bicentennary in 1988.
There are also loads of food courts throughout Chinatown selling a range of cheap eats including Asian dishes like noodle soups and stir fries.
Sydney Chinatown Night Markets
Every Friday night Sydney's Chinatown is busling with the Night Markets lining Dixon Street and Little Hay Street. There are hundreds of stalls selling a range of clothes, jewelry, gifts and souvenirs and a heap of food. Lots of the popular restaurants in Chinatown setup a stall in the street.
Festivals in Sydney Chinatown
Throughout the year there are a number of Chinese festivals with celebrations throughout Chinatown. The main festival of the year is Chinese New Year with precessions through the streets including dancers, performers and the famous dragons which visit the restaurants and shops for good luck in the New Year. Chinese New Year is usually in late January or early February depending on the lunar calander. Next Chinese New Year is on Thursday 19th February 2015. There are celebrations for 15 days around this date. 2015 will be year of the Sheep according to Chinese astrology.
Another festival celebrated in Chinatown is the Moon Festival which will be held from 6th September 2014 until 22nd September 2014.
There are lots of hotels close to Sydney's Chinatown ranging from top end luxury hotels down to budget hotels. Under the hotels name is listed how many minutes it takes to walk from the hotel to the heart of Sydney Chinatown (Dixon Street). Check out these hotels in Sydney's Chinatown (or click here for a full list of hotels within walking distance from Sydney's Chinatown:
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